I was thrilled when I was hired to work as an armed security guard by a local security firm. When I was hired, they made it sound like they were desperately short of help, and as soon as I could finish training they rushed me out to a job site where I filled in for someone who was on vacation for two weeks. The third week, I spent four days training at alternate job sites under the people who regularly work there.
Then I naturally asked what’s next. I was told that they were expecting to get a contract for a position that would require another full-time guard, and that they hoped to have some news by Tuesday or Wednesday of week Four. In the meantime, they needed someone to fill in one day Monday that week. So, I put in one day on Monday. Tuesday comes and goes. Wednesday comes and goes. Thursday I call and ask if there’s any news. I’m told they haven’t heard back from the sales rep in charge of negotiating the contract, but please check back. Nothing by Friday of week Four.
Week Five begins. Still no news, but I can fill in on Thursday for someone who’s taking time (I was told earlier that before they hired me they had NO backup for any sick or leave days). I put in one day on Thursday. Nothing by Friday of week Five. I point out that I cannot live on one day’s employment a week. The boss says that they really had expected to hear something back long before this, keep checking in.
Week Six begins. I call first thing Monday morning and the office manager says he just got in the office and hasn’t had a chance to check his computer. I figure if there’s anything they actually need me for they’ll call, since I’m starting to feel like a fool. No call Monday. No call Tuesday.
So. The possibilities are:[ol][li]They never really had any work for me other than fill-in for when people are out; they’ve been stringing me along.They did sorta kinda hope to get this new contract, and needed someone who could start right away if they got it; only they didn’t and don’t want to tell me to my face.They really do hope/want to get this contract, only it’s really more wishful thinking than anything firm and its on indefinite hold when or if they’ll get it.The people they’re trying to contract with are the ones being dicks about it.[/ol][/li]
I knew that security work was by the assignment, so I knew I might be semi-regularly employed; but given the qualifications and investment necessary, I had presumed it to be a “full time with occasional slack periods” position. So far it has turned out to be more like day labor. Have I been scammed?
So what do I do? If I look for work at any other security place, not only do I have no guarantee I won’t be stuck in the same situation, I would also owe my current company for the “cost” of the “training” they so magnaminously gave me (eight hours of video presentations and a written test of retention). And I couldn’t commit to any other temporary assignment at my old office temp place if it were possible the security firm DID need me.